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Problem Installing XP onto my laptop


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#1 1up2down

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Posted 01 August 2011 - 09:35 AM

I am trying to install Windows XP Home onto my laptop, but whenever I try, it tells me it cannot find a hard drive to install on. However, the BIOS recognises the hard drive and I can install Windows 7 onto it. Is there any way around this.

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Posted 01 August 2011 - 10:05 AM

Hi,

What are your computer specs? Did this laptop come with windows 7 installed? If it did then it is most likely that a driver for your hard drive is not present in windows xp.

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Posted 01 August 2011 - 10:27 AM

Laptop manufacturer...and model?

What is the source media you are using...to attempt this install?

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Posted 01 August 2011 - 11:15 AM

It's a Toshiba Equium L300-146 that came with Vista already installed on it. I brought a new hard drive so I could install XP without loosing the Vista just in case anything went wrong. If the hard drive needs a driver, how do you install the driver?

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Posted 01 August 2011 - 11:26 AM

You'll need to install the sata drivers during the XP install

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Posted 01 August 2011 - 11:35 AM

How do I do that if XP does not even begin to install?

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Posted 01 August 2011 - 11:52 AM

If your laptop has a floppy put the drivers on there and press F6 at the start. If not, you can use nLite to integrate the drivers onto your CD.

You can also look around the BIOS and see if there is an IDE mode or compatibility mode for your hard disks controller.

Edited by .X., 01 August 2011 - 11:54 AM.


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Posted 01 August 2011 - 12:01 PM

http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows/resolving-setup-did-not-find-any-hard-disk-drives-during-windows-xp-installation/

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Posted 01 August 2011 - 12:33 PM

That link describes my problem to a T, but it looks like I am going to have a lot of studying to do. My first impression is that this nLite is something that should only be used by an advanced users. It may be several days before I know if it is going to work for me, but I'll let you know if it does, thanks.

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Posted 01 August 2011 - 12:39 PM

It couldn't be easier.

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Posted 01 August 2011 - 12:44 PM

I'll walk your through it if needed. I've been helping users with nLite on another forum for 7 years.

The first thing you should do is plug in a the hard drive that has Vista installed and post a screenshot of your hard disk controllers via Device Manager. Toshiba may not provide drivers for them but if they are say, Intel, they can be easily downloaded from them.

Edited by .X., 01 August 2011 - 12:45 PM.


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Posted 01 August 2011 - 01:09 PM

FWIW: http://www.nliteos.com/guide/

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Posted 01 August 2011 - 03:08 PM

I'll walk your through it if needed. I've been helping users with nLite on another forum for 7 years.

The first thing you should do is plug in a the hard drive that has Vista installed and post a screenshot of your hard disk controllers via Device Manager. Toshiba may not provide drivers for them but if they are say, Intel, they can be easily downloaded from them.


Yes, I think it might help if you walked me through it. However, I cannot always come online everyday, and when I can, its not usually for very long. I have to go out again right now, so will get back to you tomorrow.

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Posted 01 August 2011 - 03:18 PM

All you have to do is click on the link in hamluis' post just above yours. You won't have any trouble following the instructions.

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Posted 01 August 2011 - 05:04 PM

All you have to do is click on the link in hamluis' post just above yours. You won't have any trouble following the instructions.


All hamluis' link does is tell me what nLite is used for, not how to use it. However, your own link is much more informative and I will be studying that further. I'm sure that once I have used nLite, I will find it very simple to use in future. But right now I am just guessing how to use it. My guess being that I am going to create some sort of copy of my XP CD and then add to it the drivers needed to install XP onto my laptop. The drivers being copied from the Vista installation already installed on the laptop.

But where do I find these drivers and where do I put them on the nLite copy of XP.




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